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Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs won the men’s 100 metres at the Tokyo Olympics to claim the gold and set a new European Record of 9.80 seconds in Sunday’s final.

Lamont a surprise winner in the final, following the dominance of the  event by the retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt who had 13 years strong hold on the sprint 100m, winning the titles in Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro and three straight 200m crowns.

American Fred Kerley took the silver in 9.84 seconds, though the expectation of the 100m finals was most understated major final in recent time considering the mostly unknown stars that qualified for the final.

Canada’s Andre de Grasse made a comeback to retain the title he won at the Rio Games in 9.89 seconds. Nigeria’s Enoch Olaoluwa Adegoke who had a good start in the final pulled a hamstring injury and couldn’t make it to the finishing line, but he has been praised by pundits for his gallant performance at the competition.  

With the stadium relatively empty and for the first time since 2000 Sydney Games, there was no Jamaican in the final, with Bolt’s longtime friend former teammate Yohan Blake failing to qualify from the semi-final. The athletes were introduced in an atmosphere of digital show piece with the 3D images of the world, zooming to the Arena skyline of Tokyo the sprinters were stylishly introduced by their names.  

The umpires triggered for a start of the race but unfortunately it disrupted the event with the false start of Zharnel Hughes in lane four and subsequently he was disqualified. Nigeria’s Enoch Adegoke was smartly looking greenish on his Nigeria national color of green singlet and green short with his country’s name Nigeria written on the singlet and at the far end of his right hand chest was the national flag of Nigeria.

The Jacobs, born by an American mother and Italian father, in lane three, made a good start, pulled his nerve through the race and powered through to the finishing line with teammate Gianmarco Tamberi sharing the exciting moment with him. Tamberi who had just shared a gold in the men’s High Jump, obviously was waiting at the finishing line hoping his fellow country man wins. And Jacobs did to the surprise of many!

Lamont Marcel Jacobs celebrated held his hand to the side electronic timer in the field to show his new European Record and the Tokyo Olympics gold winning time.  

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